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Catching up: DGA Awards nominees are out

The entertainment industry’s awards season is in full bloom. This past week, the Directors Guild of America released a slew of its nominations for television, feature films, and documentaries. Here are the nominees for the prestigious outstanding directorial achievement in feature films for 2011. Woody Allen  “Midnight in Paris” Fifth nomination. He won in 1977 for “Annie Hall” David Fincher “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” Third nomination. David Hazanavicius “The Artist” First nomination. Alexander Payne  “The Descendants” Second nomination. Martin Scorsese  “Hugo”... Read More →

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Script sales and deals

“Jadoo”  by writer/director, Amit Gupta, has a deal and is now on the really fast track.  That’s a great start to the new year for one filmmaker.  Done Deal Pro reports Gupta is repped by Abram Nalibotsky over at Gersh. Based on Gupta’s family experience, the story revolves around  two feuding twin brother chefs who set up rival restaurants across from each other, leaving it up to a daughter, 20 years later, to try to bring them back together to cook her wedding feast. AIR productions greenlighted the comedy... Read More →

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A call for a probe into a Hollywood movie about Osama bin Laden

A New York congressman is calling for an investigation into what kind of “cooperation” the Obama administration provided for a movie about the take down of 9-11 terrorist mastermind, Osama bin Laden. Director Kathryn Bigelow is partnering with screenwriter Mark Boal on this bin Laden film. Apparently, the filmmakers are being accused of getting “special access” and classified information —  allegedly including data on the Navy Seal Team 6 raid which resulted in the death of bin Laden. Today Deadline.com posted reaction from Bigelow and Boal, declaring they have received help from... Read More →

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“The Hangover 2” has record breaking Thursday at box office

“The Hangover Part II” is off to a fast start at the Memorial Day weekend Box Office. The R-rated comedy opened with a huge $31.6 million yesterday. That’s the highest grossing day ever for a live-action comedy, according to Box Office Mojo.  And the long holiday weekend is just beginning. The sequel to the 2009 hit, “The Hangover,” is written by Craig Mazin, Scot Armstrong, and Todd Phillips — who also directs.  This time out the guy pals are in Thailand for a wedding when something... Read More →

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Photo: Warner Bros./Los Angeles Times -- Al Pacino and Penny Allen in "Dog Day Afternoon" (1975) directed by Sidney Lumet

Movie director Sidney Lumet: 1924 – 2011

One of the most respected and prolific film directors, Sidney Lumet, died today at the age of 86. Lumet lost a battle with lymphoma. He passed away in New York where he made many of his 40 films. Lumet’s credits include the classic “12 Angry Men” (1957), “The Pawnbroker” (1964), “Dog Day Afternoon” (1975), “Network” (1976), and “Verdict” (1986). The Los Angeles Times website has more on Lumet’s career and films here.

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Photo: Liz O. Baylen/Los Angeles Times -- Actress Halle Berry poses on the Oscar red carpet at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood February 27, 2011

The Oscars: Winners, awards, and those fabulous celebrity gowns

As expected, “The King’s Speech” captured the best picture Oscar at the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood tonight. The surprise, the historic British drama was nominated for a record 12 awards, but only won four. Along with best picture, Colin Firth grabbed best actor, Tom Hooper best director, and David Seidler walked off with the best original screenplay trophy.  Aaron Sorkin took home the best adapted screenplay statuette for the Facebook movie, “The Social Network.” Best actress went to Natalie Portman for the dance thriller, “Black Swan,”... Read More →

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Photo: DGA website -- Tom Hooper received the DGA film directing award for 2011 from last year's winner, Kathryn Bigelow on January 30, 2011

ShowBiz bits: Awards and kudos in Hollywood

 WGA 2011 awards Some of Hollywood’s top writing awards were given out last night by the Writers Guild of America. The best original screenplay went to Christopher Nolan for the smart sci-fi actioner, “Inception.”  The ceremony was held simultaneously at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in the Southland and at the AXA Equitable Center in New York City. Aaron Sorkin took home the best adapted screenplay trophy for the Facebook script, “The Social Network,” which is based on the book “The Accidental Billionaires” (2009) by Ben Mezrich. In accepting... Read More →

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“The King’s Speech” tops Oscar nominations

Publicity Photo– Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter in a scene from “The King’s Speech” “The King’s Speech,” grabbed the lion’s share of the nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards this morning in Beverly Hills.  The historical drama is about Britain’s King George VI and his struggle to overcome a stammer. “The King’s Speech” received 12 nominations,  “True Grit” got 10, “Inception” and “The Social Network” each received 8.    In this Oscar race, “The King’s Speech” has proven to be the tortoise and “The Social Network”... Read More →

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ShowBiz Bits: New Natalie Portman movie, Jeff Zucker says adios to NBCU staffers & Pop singer snags “A Star Is Born” lead role

Opening in theaters today A new romantic comedy is challenging “The Green Hornet” at the Box Office this weekend. “No Strings Attached” hits movie theaters today and it stars Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher. The script revolves around a couple of friends who make a deal to have a “no strings attached” fling without the complication of falling in love. Yeah, right. NBC Universal honcho Jeff Zucker’s final memo to staffers Now that the Comcast NBC Universal merger is nearly complete, NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker has to move on.... Read More →

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ShowBiz Bits: Feds greenlight Comcast NBC Universal deal, “The Green Hornet” tops at Box Office & “The Social Network” has major Oscar buzz

Comcast NBC Universal merger almost a done deal  It took more than a year, but the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice today gave the thumbs up to that huge Comcast NBC Universal  merger today. The mega deal is said to be worth $30 billion. It is expected to be finalized by the end of the month. The Wrap has more on this development here. “The Green Hornet” wins Box Office crown The superhero action comedy, “The Green Hornet,” is the new king of... Read More →

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ShowBiz Bits: “The Green Hornet,” Michael Jackson’s doctor, and DGA Awards feature film nominees

“The Green Hornet” opens in theaters today The new film version of “The Green Hornet” is going to try to make a killing over the long Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. “The Green Hornet” has appeared in a number of different media including, a radio program, a television series, and comic books. The 3D film hits domestic theaters today and stars, Seth Rogen as the wealthy playboy, Britt Reid, turned superhero/crime fighter who teams up with trusty sidekick/martial arts expert, Kato, played by Jay Chou. Cameron Diaz stars as Lenore “Casey”... Read More →

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ShowBiz Bits:More awards nominations, Oprah’s new TV network & holiday Box Office

The 2011 WGA screen award nominees The Writers Guild of America today announced its nominees for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen in 2010. Here are some of the big screen nominees: Original Screenplay Black Swan, Screenplay by Mark Heyman and Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin; Story by Andres Heinz; Fox Searchlight The Fighter, Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Paramount Pictures Inception, Written by Christopher Nolan; Warner Bros. The Kids Are All... Read More →

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ShowBiz Bits: “Saturday Night Fever,” Oscar Ballots & Box Office results

 25 films added to the National Film Registry The disco-boogie classic, “Saturday Night Fever,” (1977) is one of 25 films selected for the National Film registry of the Library of Congress. The announcement was made today. More than two thousand films were nominated by the public for the inclusion in this year’s group. The films are selected not because they’re the best cinema, but “… as works of enduring significance to American culture,” according to a Library of Congress press release. This year’s selection brings the total number... Read More →

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Showbiz bits: Director Blake Edwards dies & Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations announced

Director Blake Edwards dies at 88 The director of such notable films as “Operation Petticoat” (1959), “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961), “The Pink Panther” films (1963, 1964, 1975, 1978),  and “10” (1979), has died. The Los Angeles Times is reporting today that Blake Edwards passed away yesterday in Santa Monica, with his wife, actress Julie Andrews, and close family at his bedside.  More on the  director’s death and career highlights on the Times’ website. Screen Actors Guild Awards nominees The nominees for the... Read More →

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“Megamind 3D” big but not great at Box Office

The DreamWorks animation,”Megamind 3D,” debuted at the top of the weekend Box Office, with $46 million — but that was below expectation. The film had been expected to exceed the $50 million mark.  Nevertheless, the debut was good enough to earn “Megamind 3D” the title of the number one film in the country. The family-friendly feature  is about supervillians and superheroes battling for supremacy on Earth. Will Ferrell stars along with Brad Pitt and Tiny Fey. Another flick, the buddy-comedy, “Due Date ,” came in second with $32.6... Read More →

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“Paranormal Activity 2” scares up big money at Box Office

“Paranormal Activity 2” really cleaned up at the weekend Box Office. The fright sequel debuted with an estimated $41.5 million–a huge opening for a horror flick. “Paranormal Activity 2” is now the new number one film in the country. The plot of “Paranormal Activity 2” is very similar to the first.  Instead of a couple, this time, a sinister force terrorizes a family. The R-rated film reportedly was produced on a meager budget of $3 million. Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat star. Last week’s top film, “Jackass 3D,” landed in... Read More →

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News Bits: Paris Hilton pleads guilty to cocaine possession, sports drama in divorce court & Ben Affleck’s film wins Box Office gold

Paris Hilton’s guilty plea in Vegas  Hotel Heiress Paris Hilton pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor cocaine charges in a Las Vegas court today.  Hilton got a plea deal: one year probation, $2,000 fine, 200 hours of community service, and she must complete a drug abuse program.  Also, if  Hilton violates her probation she risks going to jail for a year! The drug charges followed the socialite’s arrest at the Wynn Las Vegas last month. At first, Hilton denied ownership of the cocaine and the purse it was found in. However, today... Read More →

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News Bits: President Obama’s visit, Casting for “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” & Box Office numbers

President Obama raises $1 million & snarls traffic in Southland   It happens almost every time a U.S. President visits the Southland. The bad traffic situation gets worse. That’s what occurred today, when President Barack Obama dropped in for one of those high-ticket priced Hollywood -type fundraisers. Obama reportedly raised $1 million dollars for the Democrats and the ire of some Southlanders over the traffic problems caused by his visit. Nice report and photo on the Los Angeles Times website. “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”  Actress Rooney Mara has won one of the most sought... Read More →

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Leonardo DiCaprio scores another Box Office winner

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is blowing up huge on the big screen. DiCaprio is two-for-two — with his second film this year, “Inception,” debuting at the top of the domestic Box Office this weekend.   Last February, DiCaprio starred in the psychological drama, “Shutter Island,” which opened in first place with $41 million.  Now, the sci-fi thriller “Inception” cleans-up with an estimated $60.4 million to become the number one movie in the country. “Inception” also stars Ken Watanabe, Ellen Page, and Michael Caine. Directed and written by the talented Chris Nolan,... Read More →

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Weekend Catch-up: Mel Gibson’s racist rant/abuse allegations, Best selling summer reads & Lottery dreams come true for a SoCal player

Mel Gibson’s mouth gets him in trouble again The Internet and Hollywood are buzzing about Actor/Director/Producer Mel Gibson’s latest foot-in-mouth performance.  An audio recording of Gibson using the “N-word” in a tirade against his ex-girlfriend, Russian singer, Oksana Grigorieva, was followed by reports that the entertainer is being investigated for domestic violence. And there’s more. WME agency has confirmed it recently fired Gibson as a client. Remember, Gibson was hit by an onslaught of bad publicity after a tape revealed the drunken actor making anti-Semitic remarks during a DUI stop in Malibu, back in 2006.... Read More →

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Entertainment: Conan O’Brien scores Emmy nominations, Disney loses big time in court & “Eclipse” still hot at the Box Office

 Conan O’Brien gets four Emmy nominations Late night talk show host, Conan O’Brien, has plenty to joke about after receiving four Emmy nominations today, for his short-lived version of “The Tonight Show,” including nods for outstanding variety music or comedy series, for writing, directing, and art direction. How many nominations did his rivals Jay Leno and David Letterman get? Nada! Zilch!   That recent odd-ball Emmy ad campaign by the TBS Network for the comedian just might have paid off. Or maybe O’Brien got a lot of sympathy votes... Read More →

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Entertainment News Bits: Box Office dilemma, James Cameron & the Comcast-NBCU Deal

Sequels stumble at the Box Office The four-day Memorial Day weekend was no thriller at the Box Office, and that has sparked a lot chatter about whether moviegoers are growing weary of the sequels. Ticket sales for the long weekend, $184.2 million compared to $213.8 million for the same holiday weekend last year. Many critics are putting the blame for this year’s disappointment on the weak performance of the sequels. The animation “Shrek Forever After” held onto the number one ranking, for a second week at the domestic Box Office, with a haul of... Read More →

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